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We pick out those who have shone and sunk from the previous seven days in the world of sport

Good week for...

France

A trip to a packed-out Millennium Stadium on a Friday night was always going to test France to the extreme, however, the way they ultimately stood up to the challenge was superb.

The 26-20 victory puts Les Bleus two wins away from their first Grand Slam title since 2004 and firmly on course to regain the RBS Six Nations crown.

Opportunist tries from Alexis Palisson and Francois Trinh-Duc silenced the 70,000-plus Wales fans as France flew into a 20-0 lead at half-time, before standing firm in the face of a second-half comeback from the hosts to hold on.

Defeat for England at Twickenham the following day saw a good week improve further, and the fact coach Marc Lievremont was then able to name an unchanged squad for the upcoming match with Italy makes it even harder to see how Les Bleus will slip-up.

Canada

The host nation finished off a sensational fortnight of winter sports by claiming a record 14th gold medal of the games on Sunday night.

The men's ice hockey final, the event most valued by the hockey-obsessed Canadians, lived up to its billing and the players did not disappoint as they overcame fierce rivals USA 3-2.

The Americans had threatened to wreck the party when Zach Parise sent the match into sudden-death overtime, however, golden boy Sidney Crosby stepped up and smashed in the winning strike to send Vancouver into delirium.

The 14 gold medals achieved is a record by any host nation at the Winter Olympics and caps off a hugely-successful staging of the event by Canada.

Manchester United

They have had plenty of good weeks over the years, and the Red Devils had two further reasons to crack open the champers over the last seven days.

First, on Saturday lunchtime, United watched on from a distance as fierce city rivals Manchester City stunned league leaders Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge - a result which keeps United one point behind the Blues.

Then, just over 24 hours later, those in red were cheering once more as goals from Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney saw them retain the Carling Cup with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

The trophy is Sir Alex Ferguson's 26th in 23 years and, with all the negative publicity lingering over title rivals Chelsea, United look to have the momentum heading into the final months of the season.

Hunter Mahan

Prior to this weekend, Hunter Mahan had not won on the PGA Tour since June 2007 and had endured a pretty miserable start to his 2010 season having finished well down the field in the four tournaments he'd entered.

However, he set the record straight in some style in Phoenix as he produced bogey-free rounds of 65 on both Saturday and Sunday to clean up at the wonderfully-named Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Mahan finished on a winning total 16-under-par, one clear of rising star Rickie Fowler and two clear of USPGA champion YE Yang.

Renowned as one of the finest ball-strikers on the PGA Tour, the 27-year-old will be hoping his victory can be the springboard to a successful season that sees him go on to qualify for the American Ryder Cup team for October's match with Europe at Celtic Manor.

Bad week for...

John Terry

The Chelsea captain is becoming quite a regular in the skysports.com 'Bad week' section and he returns once again after another torrid week in the limelight.

While his off-field problems show no immediate sign of relenting, he was also left red-faced on the field following two defeats in the space of four days.

Inter Milan striker Diego Milito led Terry on a merry dance before scoring in the Italians' 2-1 UEFA Champions League first-leg victory last Wednesday, and then it was Manchester City who turned the knife further with a stunning league victory at Stamford Bridge.

Not only did Wayne Bridge refuse to shake his former England team-mate's hand at the start of the match, Terry was also on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing from City striker Craig Bellamy in a post-match interview. The Welshman said of Terry: ""Everybody in football knows what the guy is like. But that is off the field."

Aaron Ramsey

Young Arsenal midfielder Ramsey saw his career take a backward step on Saturday after he sustained a horrendous leg-break against Stoke City.

The injury comes almost two years to the day that Arsenal team-mate Eduardo suffered a similar injury in a league fixture at Birmingham City.

Players of both teams were unable to look after Ryan Shawcross' thunderous sliding tackle went straight through Ramsey's standing leg and left the 19-year-old in agony on the pitch.

The Welshman was rushed straight to hospital and the club later confirmed that surgery on his fractured tibia and fibia had been "successful".

Portsmouth

The South Coast football club became the first in Premier League history to plummet into administration on the morning of Friday February 26.

The imminent nine-point deduction looks set to confirm Pompey's place in the Championship next season, however, their immediate future at least appears assured.

The Portsmouth hierarchy are now looking at ways in which they can boost funds and club goalkeeper David James has led the way by claiming he would be happy to take a pay cut in order to help out.

The only scant piece of consolidation from another miserable week was a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at relegation rivals Burnley.

Leeds Rhinos

The Super League champions were condemned to their second successive World Club Challenge defeat to Australian opposition in the Yorkshire sleet on Sunday evening.

After losing out to Manly Sea Eagles in 2009, the Rhinos were once again out-manoeuvred by the champs from Down Under as Melbourne Storm claimed an 18-10 triumph.

In a tight and tense affair dominated by stoic defence, it was the NRL winners who got their hands on the trophy following tries from wingers Luke MacDougall and Adam Quinn, coupled with five goals from captain Cameron Smith.

And a night to forget worsened when Leeds stalwart Keith Senior unleashed a verbal assault on referee Richard Silverwood after the match. He said: I'm sick of him, he's arrogant. I've had him many times. A lot of players don't like playing with him. He likes to be the centre of attention and he got his way tonight."

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Anon Ymous (Arsenal fan) says...

Arsene Wenger, as he proved once again that he is biased beyond all help and is in severe need of discipline from the authorities, for example a 10 game touchline ban Sol Campbell, who decided to try and influence the referee into sending off Shawcross Steven Bennett, for going to book Pienaar and then changing his mind when he realised that it would mean sending him off.

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